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New York native Robert Volkman (b.1997) is a guitarist and composer who aspires to rejuvenate the art of counterpoint in music. Volkman has dedicated himself to learning composition based on the methods of Johann Sebastian Bach. In his music, Volkman seeks innovation within the conventions of the past, much like one of his most substantial influences: Johannes Brahms.
Upcoming projects include a guitar trio in Juilliard’s Beyond The Machine 16.2, in which Volkman will be performing his own composition. Volkman will also have his piano trio premiered in Juilliard’s Paul Hall on April 18th. In 2015, Volkman conducted the premiere of his song for Octet and Tenor based on Emily Dickinson's I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died at The Juilliard School with an ensemble featuring flautist Carol Wincenc and two dancers who choreographed the piece. In 2015, Volkman also performed his own White Christmas Variations for Guitar at The Suffolk Theater and had his violin and piano pieces performed by KJ McDonald and Athena Tsianos.
As a guitarist, Volkman has experienced success with his band The Bobby Volkman Trio, with which he has performed at major venues such as BB King's, The Suffolk Theater, and The Boulton Center and alongside major acts including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lisa Marie Presley, and Arlen Roth. In 2015, Volkman and his band got the opportunity to open up for ZZ Top at The Paramount Theater in Huntington. Volkman is also an accomplished jazz guitarist who was selected as the sole guitarist in his county jazz band for four consecutive years.
He currently pursues a Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with the late Steven Stucky and currently studies with Samuel Adler. He attends with help from the Richard Rogers Scholarship in composition and the Piser scholarship. He has also studied composition with John Corigliano and Steven Cabell. During his formative years, he attended MSM Precollege as a jazz guitar major where he studied with Nils Weinhold and Jesse Lewis. He has studied guitar privately with Jonathan Kreisberg, Jack Wilkins, and Larry Meyer.
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